'The writer observes two love affairs at different times and between different people, where one relationship is a variation on the other. This observer is not uninvolved, but plays a crucial role. She often intervenes in the development of the two affairs, sometimes with regret and sometimes with the certainty that showing the others what they were unable to see can help bring about a solution. The issue, as in all her other books, is the quest for truth and the moment when it is revealed. At the end one sees that the real protagonist is the narrator.